1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree

Pingree deserves to return to D.C., put her influence to good use for Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Editorial: Chellie Pingree has put her influence to good use in recent years as a member of the minority party in a challenging political environment. She deserves to return to Washington, D.C., where she will continue to ably represent Maine’s 1st District.
Democrat Emily Cain and 2nd Congressional District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, participated in a debate in Presque Isle on Wednesday.

Cain’s pragmatism, openness would better serve Maine’s 2nd District in Congress

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
Editorial: The Nov. 8 vote in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District is a referendum on the performance of Rep. Bruce Poliquin in his first term in Congress. Voters have to decide whether he should be re-elected. We believe Democrat Emily Cain deserves to replace him.
Question 6 on the November ballot asks voters to approve $100 million in state borrowing, to be matched by federal and other funds, for transportation infrastructure improvements and repair.

Maine has huge backlog of needed road work. Question 6 will help ease it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 19, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
A “yes” vote on Question 6 is needed, and it is a good investment.
Question 5 on the November ballot asks if voters want to switch to ranked-choice voting for the Legislature, governor and U.S. Senate and House.

The reasons for Maine to adopt ranked-choice voting are unconvincing

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 19, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
Editorial: We remain unconvinced that changing the way Maine residents vote will suddenly bring all these positive benefits.
Caption Question 4 on the November ballot asks if voters want to gradually raise Maine's minimum wage to $12 per hour.

A higher minimum wage will make a difference for those who work hard, still struggle

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 18, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
We recommend a “yes” vote.
Question 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot would expand background checks to private firearm sales and transfers, with exemptions for hunting and family.

There’s little coincidence that states with fewer gun deaths require background checks

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 17, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
Editorial: Question 3 does not take rights away from lawful gun owners. Instead, it closes off an avenue of unchecked gun sales to people who are prohibited from owning them, making us all safer.
Question 2 on the November ballot asks voters to approve a 3 percent surcharge on incomes above $200,000 and directs the money collected to schools.

With Question 2, Maine gets higher taxes, same education system that needs improving

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 15, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
The divide between rich and poor schools would remain as wide as ever.
Question 1 asks voters if they want to legalize recreational marijuana sales and use.

No on 1. It’s not in Maine’s best interests to make it easier to access marijuana

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 14, 2016, at 8:25 a.m.
Editorial: Easing access to marijuana is not in Maine’s best interests.
Sixteen-year-old Jake has been expelled from school twice and suspended more times than he can remember. Much of his trouble has involved drugs and alcohol.

Schools should abandon outdated rules that unfairly punish kids

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 13, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Editorial: Maine school leaders need support to move away from zero-tolerance policies.
Gov. Paul LePage introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally in August in Portland.

LePage proves why our Founding Fathers fought against autocratic government

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 12, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage packed so many absurdities into a nonsensical call for a strong man like Donald Trump to run the U.S. government.
A baby sleeps in a Finnish-style baby box. Health officials say baby boxes reduce bed sharing, which is a leading cause of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome.

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Give Maine’s babies boxes, but give them a visit to the doctor, too

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 11, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
In 2014, Maine lost 6.7 babies in their first year of life for every 1,000 born. Finland only lost two babies for every 1,000 born.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 9, 2016.

No place should be a safe space for men to brag about assault — much less commit it

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 10, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Editorial: There can be no safe spaces for men to boast or fantasize about sexual assault, much less commit it.
President Barack Obama made his first trip to a Native American reservation in 2014 when he visited the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota.

Instead of Columbus, let’s celebrate the audacity of exploration

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 08, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
Instead of honoring a man who did not discover a land that was already inhabited and who never made it to what is now the U.S., let’s celebrate the explorers.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Portland in September 2015.

Hillary Clinton has the vision, experience and temperament to serve as our next president

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 07, 2016, at 8:21 a.m.
Knowledge matters. Temperament matters. Vision matters.
Voter fraud is "extraordinarily rare," says Jason Leavitt, a professor who has done a comprehensive review of voter fraud allegations.

Trump accuses Clinton of election rigging, but Republican legislatures have already tried it

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 06, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Editorial: Election rigging is real, but it is done much more often by state policymakers who make it more difficult for people to vote. This won’t be resolved by self-appointed polling monitors looking for instances of voter fraud that are exceedingly rare.

Here’s how every child in Maine could get a mentor

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 05, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
Editorial: If Maine’s legislators want the young people in this state to thrive, they need to ensure that each one has a support system, including a mentor.

Maine can’t let schools deal with depressed students alone

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Editorial: Reimagining a system of mental health support in schools may seem like a daunting task, but many people in districts throughout the state are willing to help.
Mike Tribou of Gardiner holds his daughter Krystal Rae during the Harold Alfond College Challenge press conference and Baby Portrait Event for the Future Faces of Maine held on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the University of Augusta.

Maine needs a better educated workforce. College savings are part of the equation.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 03, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Not only is Maine’s workforce old and shrinking, it also is undereducated and undertrained.
A hall in Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

How legislators can help schools prevent drug use

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 01, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Now is the time for Maine’s legislators to support schools in preventing addiction.
Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission listen to testimony Nov. 17, 2014, during a hearing about religious discrimination accusations filed against Moody's Diner by an employee.

LePage wastes state time, money on ‘investigations’ inspired by grudges

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 30, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
Editorial: The governor’s grudge-induced witch hunts waste limited state resources and time that would be better used serving the people of Maine.